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Affidavit: Leander boy secretly filmed dad beating disabled 2-year-old brother

48-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez is charged with injury to a child after his middle school-aged son secretly filmed him beating his 2-year-old disabled brother. (Photo: Williamson County Jail)

A 48-year-old man is facing felony charges after allegedly being caught on video beating his disabled toddler.

That video was shot by the man's older son, who alerted administrators at his middle school in Leander. Those school officials passed the information on to the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, according to court documents.

The older boy told investigators that he saw his father, Alejandro Gonzalez, grab his 2-year-old brother by the hair and shake him violently in a high chair at their on May 22.

The affidavit states that the toddler has difficulty chewing and swallowing due to cerebral palsy. Gonzalez allegedly became angry that the 2-year-old wouldn't eat.

Police say the older boy used his cell phone to film his dad shaking his brother, and then sent the video to his older sister to keep Gonzalez from finding the video on the phone.

A WilCo deputy viewed the video and said it confirmed what the middle school boy had told him happened, according to court records. The deputy also saw pictures of bruises and red marks on the lower back and buttocks of the toddler.

The affidavit claims those injuries were caused by Gonzalez using a belt and a fly swatter to discipline the child.

Gonzalez is charged with injury to a child, a third-degree felony. His bond is set at $100,000.

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